Mind-Controlled „Drone-Swarm“


An der Uni Arizona kontrollieren sie mehrere Quadcopter per Gedanken. Mind-Controlled Stuff ist jetzt alles andere als neu, der ganze Kram steht seit gefühlten 5 Jahren innovationstechnisch ziemlich still und auch das hier ist sicher nicht, wie The Next Web faselt, „cutting edge-technology“. Das einzige, was hier innovativ ist, ist eine neue Interpretation der Electroencephalogram (EEG)-Werte im Kontext von Roboter-Schwärmen, that's it, und auch das steckt offensichtlich noch nichtmal in den Kinderschuhen. Aber prinzipiell schon nett und es ist ja auch formal korrekt: Ein gedankengesteuerter Dronen-Schwarm. Nice.

Von der Uni Arizona: Using wireless interface, operators control multiple drones by thinking of various tasks.

A researcher at Arizona State University has discovered how to control multiple robotic drones using the human brain. A controller wears a skull cap outfitted with 128 electrodes wired to a computer. The device records electrical brain activity. If the controller moves a hand or thinks of something, certain areas light up.

“I can see that activity from outside,” said Panagiotis Artemiadis (pictured above), director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab and an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. “Our goal is to decode that activity to control variables for the robots.”

If the user is thinking about decreasing cohesion between the drones — spreading them out, in other words — “we know what part of the brain controls that thought,” Artemiadis said. A wireless system sends the thought to the robots. “We have a motion-capture system that knows where the quads are, and we change their distance, and that’s it,” he said.

Up to four small robots, some of which fly, can be controlled with brain interfaces. Joysticks don’t work, because they can only control one craft at a time. “You can’t do something collectively” with a joystick, Artemiadis said. “If you want to swarm around an area and guard that area, you cannot do that.” To make them move, the controller watches on a monitor and thinks and pictures the drones performing various tasks.